Another 1,700 Arrests in Kazakhstan City of Almaty

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Nearly 1,700 more people have been arrested in the Kazakh city of Almaty, which has been particularly hard hit by unrest. According to Kazakh media, they were mainly looters and other criminals on the authority of the city council of the metropolis.

 

The number of arrests across the country was recently estimated at around 10,000. Human rights activists warned that the authoritarian ex-Soviet republic must ensure fair trials.

The enormous Kazakhstan, which borders both Russia and China, has been very restless for more than a week. The widespread dissatisfaction with the increased fuel prices escalated into heavy protests against the government.

In most places, this happened peacefully, but especially in the metropolis of Almaty, the economic capital, there were several disturbances. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke of a coup attempt that was also orchestrated from abroad and ordered the army to crack down on protesters.

To quell the protests, the internet was shut down in several places. As a result, it was often difficult to obtain independent information about the protests last week. In Almaty, the internet was restored on Monday after a five-day hiatus.

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